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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Operations and Production Associate, a Senior Producer of Audience Engagement, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Operations and Production Associate, a Senior Producer of Audience Engagement, and More.

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Dec. 29 2017 3:36 PM

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If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate just so happens to be hiring.

Open Positions
Operations and Production Associate, Slate, D.C.

Slate is looking for an operations and production associate to be part of a dynamic digital media company. This is a unique opportunity to fill a hybrid role supporting the culture and overseeing operations in our Washington office while assisting in the production of Slate podcasts. This person will work closely with the management team of a digital magazine with award-winning journalism and industry-leading design and technology. The person we're looking for has many skills: excellent audio editor with an ear for good conversation and analysis. They should be able to handle multiple projects while staying organized. And they should also feel comfortable in a studio environment and understand the basic concepts of recording and troubleshooting studio problems. The ideal candidate is a jack of all trades with a strong attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously. Applicants must be proactive self-starters who are efficient, creative, and personable.

There is no single job this role performs. The role is in support of all aspects of Slate's D.C. office operations and Slate's podcast production, and this person should expect to be working on various shows, projects, and tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with outside vendors, including the building, to procure supplies and maintain office and computer equipment
  • Facilitate and schedule internal and external meetings with various departments and clients
  • Greet visitors and guests
  • Plan and execute office events and charitable efforts
  • Edit recordings and produce professional quality audio podcasts
  • Engineer recording sessions with hosts and guests. Includes ability to set up remote connections.
  • Post podcasts, show pages, and engage with social media
  • Work with Slate's events coordinator on live podcast and show tapings
  • Other duties as assigned

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Top-notch communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt to various requests and projects with ease
  • High level of competency with minimal supervision
  • Must have ability to maintain high level of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Magnetic personality
  • Proven ability to prioritize, problem-solve, and work efficiently under deadlines
  • Laser-sharp attention to detail and hyperorganized at all times
  • Cool under pressure, ability to flex as needed in fast-paced environment
  • At least 1 year of intensive audio production experience in radio, podcasting, or equivalent, preferably in a journalistic environment
  • Excellent writing, audio editing and production skills
  • Mastery of professional audio editing software such as Adobe Audition, Hindenburg Pro, or ProTools.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Bonus Points:

  • Experience creating, producing, and/or hosting podcasts
  • Experience working in a public radio organization or podcasting environment
  • Experience in a professional online news gathering organization
  • Passionate about Slate's editorial and audio content

To apply please send a cover letter, résumé, and audio sample to podpa@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Senior Producer, Audience Engagement, Slate Podcasts

Slate is hiring a producer to join its audience development and podcast teams. Ideal candidates can cut a tight promo, write compelling headlines for our social feeds, and manage it all seamlessly. They have an audio producer's skills and sensibilities but also are the first to spot digital media trends and discern how promotion of our work needs to evolve. They know how to convey a show's essence in 30 seconds and what inspires a listener to subscribe.

Slate values surprising ideas and smart analysis in our journalism, and we want the same on our audience team. Editors should want to experiment with new partnerships and platforms and test their assumptions as the podcast and social media landscapes evolve. That means ideal candidates will write strong headlines, manage our promotional schedules with precision, and work collaboratively with the rest of the newsroom.

Slate has been podcasting since 2006. We saw explosive growth in 2017, including the launches of six new shows. We expect 2018 to be an even more robust year for our podcast network. The senior producer of audience engagement will report to the director of strategy and audience development and work closely with the executive producer of Slate podcasts.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Produces audio promos and campaigns for the Slate podcast network

○      Creates daily, weekly, and branding promos for Slate shows

○      Works closely with show hosts and producers to promote high-profile guests and other show-specific initiatives

○      Leads development of promotional campaigns for the Slate podcast network

○      Proposes and manages promotional swaps with outside shows and networks

  • Manages podcast promotion on social media and Slate.com

○      Develops strategy for promoting podcasts on existing and emerging social channels and grows visibility of Slate shows on these platforms

○      Creates assets—including promos, show clips, audiograms, and quote graphics—for social media

○      Works with the home page team to highlight relevant shows and exceptional moments

  • Manages promo production process with Slate shows

○      Actively manages relationship with show producers and hosts

○      Creates production timelines, as well as technical and creative standards

○      Records and mixes audio

○      Manages cross-promotion schedule across Slate shows.

  • Becomes an active part of Slate's audience team

○      Understands the strategy on Slate's accounts and works closely with the rest of the team on podcast and nonpodcast initiatives

○      Works with editors across the newsroom and is aware of major projects in the works

○      Writes sharp and social-friendly headlines and helps shape Slate's voice on its feeds

○      Uses data to make decisions on how and where to promote our work

○      Identifies digital media trends and determines how Slate's plans should adjust to them

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • At least 4 years of audio production experience
  • At least 3 years of experience writing and producing creative material
  • At least 3 years of experience working with daily deadlines
  • At least 3 years of copywriting experience
  • Slate podcast listener
  • Appreciation of the role and importance of Slate's journalism in the media landscape
  • Strong interest in news, current events, and culture
  • Strong interest in data analytics
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong knowledge of social media best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to assimilate and organize large amounts of information
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience running brand social media feeds
  • Experience in promotion or advertising
  • Experience working for an online news organization
  • Ability to tell a story, through audio, in a short amount of time
  • Project management experience

To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter, links to your audio work, and a short (300 words or fewer) memo explaining what promotional strategy should be the top priority for Slate podcasts in 2018 and why. Email documents to podcastaudience@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Audience Engagement Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring an editor to join its audience development team. Ideal candidates know what inspires readers to click and share stories on social media, but their interest in audience strategy goes beyond driving traffic. They have a journalist's instincts and sensibilities but also are the first to spot digital media trends and discern how promotion of our work needs to evolve.

Slate values surprising ideas and smart analysis in our journalism, and we want the same on our audience team. Editors should want to experiment with new platforms and test their assumptions as social media sites change. They should be thinking about search, partnerships, and community building. That means ideal candidates will write strong headlines, manage our social feeds with precision, and work collaboratively with the rest of the newsroom throughout the editorial process.

Key Responsibilities:

The audience engagement editor will report to the director of strategy and audience development and work with Slate's audience team to:

  • Manage the strategy and scheduling of existing social media accounts and help define the voice of Slate's feeds
  • Be involved in the editorial process from start to finish: Attend idea-generation meetings, plan campaigns to support major editorial packages, and execute those ideas to reach our audience
  • Work with editors to write sharp and social-friendly headlines for the work we publish
  • Use data to make decisions on how and where to promote our work
  • Develop Slate's presence on Instagram, Snapchat, and emerging platforms
  • Identify trends in the social media world and determine how Slate's plans should adjust to them

Requirements:

You have:

  • At least 2–4 years of social media experience
  • At least 2–4 years working for an online news organization
  • An understanding of the role and importance of Slate's journalism in the media landscape
  • An interest in working closely with the rest of the newsroom, whether it's framing a cover story for Facebook or pitching ideas at our weekly editors meeting
  • Experience balancing short-term and long-term responsibilities and working quickly when necessary, including in breaking-news situations
  • The ability to work across social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
  • The ability to write clean, clear copy, and the proper touch in deploying wit and finesse as needed
  • A desire to work collaboratively on projects and teach others what you know

To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter, and a short (300 words or fewer) memo explaining what social media platform should be Slate's top priority in 2018 and why. Email documents to audiencedevelopment@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Copy Editor, Slate

We're looking for a computer-savvy grammar geek to join Slate's copy desk in either our D.C. or Brooklyn offices. This position would be full time, with benefits.

Key Responsibilities:

Slate's copy editors have two overarching roles: copy editing and proofing articles and blogs for correct style and grammar, and guiding content through the production process. The copy editor would work closely with writers, editors, the art team, and other copy editors to move content quickly and cleanly through the desk. Solid news judgment and the ability to multitask are essential to succeed in this position.

Requirements:

  • 1–3 years of experience in copy editing or web production
  • Familiarity with AP Style and strong feelings about the Oxford comma
  • Work well independently and with a team
  • Proven communication skills
  • Be adept at navigating the quirks of content management systems
  • Basic HTML knowledge is a plus

To apply, submit a résumé and a brief cover letter that includes a few sentences about your biggest grammar pet peeve as a single PDF to copyjob@slate.com by Jan. 16.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Account Executive, Slate

Slate is a multimedia digital publishing company focused on covering culture, technology, politics, current events, and business. Over the past 20 years our smart, witty takes have been recognized with numerous accolades and have won us industry recognition, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. Our readers are aggressively curious about the world—and so are our employees.

As an account executive for The Slate Group, your primary responsibility is to drive revenue opportunities with new and existing partners, by providing solutions that build our clients' businesses and brands.

Responsibilities:

  • Be an expert in full suite of products and advertising solutions across Slate (Slate, Slate Live, and Slate Custom)
  • Sell programs that include custom narratives, digital video, podcasting, and events
  • Oversee the pre- and post-sale process with your designated account manager
  • Prospect for new business in assigned territory while developing new relationships at all levels with agency and client partners
  • Serve as a trusted consultant with partners by bringing them solution-oriented recommendations and strategies to solve challenges and exceed expectations

Qualifications:

  • 2–8 years' experience in digital advertising sales with a proven record of exceeding revenue goals
  • Programmatic background is a plus but not required
  • Experience developing multiplatform, creative concepts and ideas
  • In-depth knowledge of the advertising industry's competitive landscape
  • Established relationships across clients and agencies
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to eastcoastsales@slate.com. This role is based out of Slate's Brooklyn offices.

The Slate Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Marketing Manager, Slate Studios

Slate Studios is looking for a versatile, data-informed, and highly organized marketing manager to lead the articulation, development, and presentation of our publishing narrative and execute branded and editorial programs in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. This marketer will be an integral part of the Slate Studios team to deliver high-quality collateral, data, and support for sales marketing and the overall business. This creative-yet-disciplined individual will be responsible for partnering with teams across sales, Slate editorial, and Slate Studios to create expertly crafted narratives, supported by visually stunning presentations and proposals along with engaging scripts that showcase our differentiating value propositions and programs, exceptional journalism, and our fiercely curious audience.

Key Responsibilities

The marketing manager will help advance the goals of the integrated marketing and branded content studios, Slate Studios, by leading and being responsible for the following bodies of work:

  1. Market Intelligence and Value Propositions
    The marketing manager will gather data and analyze Slate's market in areas such as market opportunity and market penetration strategy in order to develop a POV that resonates in the marketplace. The marketing manager, alongside the director of sales marketing, will disseminate this intelligence to the business analyst and Slate Studios strategy group, driving marketing and branded content initiatives with strategic methodology. The marketing manager will package and develop data-driven central marketing messages using a wide variety of sources and digital research platforms to craft talking points and create high-impact materials in a fast-paced environment. The marketing manager will partner with ad product and client services to position and promote major new ad offerings in programs pitched.

  2. Market-Facing Narratives and Presentations
    The marketing manager, working closely with the director of sales marketing, will serve as a liaison between the sales organization and the editorial department and should be able to understand and approach large and small narrative-driven projects, with a passion for storytelling and the strategic thinking of marketing. The marketing manager will create informed narratives and digital strategies from a position of deep understanding of digital publishing, with a relentless and detail-driven focus on performance, facts, and data. They will execute these narratives in presentations and proposals with independence and autonomy, managing their high volume of work. The marketing manager will apply creative and innovative thinking to a disciplined process of constructing the market narrative for the Slate brand, Slate Live, and Slate Studios. The marketing manager will communicate effectively with internal teams and will be able to efficiently support and execute on the market-facing materials; this includes the creation of cursory design elements and presentations for more high-impact visuals.

Requirements

  • A B.A./B.S. in business administration, marketing, advertising, communications, or a related field
  • 3–5 years of experience in cross-platform marketing within a digital media company or digital publisher and a commitment to continue understanding the ever-evolving media landscape, particularly in social and branded content
  • Experience with Google Analytics and Omniture (and/or other web analytics platforms) and syndicated audience research (e.g., ComScore, Nielsen, Quantcast, Parse.ly, etc.) coupled with a commitment to data-driven storytelling
  • Keynote, Microsoft Excel, and Google Drive file management
  • Strong problem-solving, analytical, critical/strategic-thinking skills
  • Extreme attention to detail and organizational/project management skills
  • Excellent writing abilities (particularly copywriting and speechwriting)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, self-sufficient, go-getter attitude with the ability to jump into projects and begin managing quickly
  • Experience in prioritizing competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Bonus Qualifications

  • Sales planning, research, or analytics background
  • Experience and/or demonstrated expertise with social media platforms and the nuances of their respective user trends
  • Appreciation for the value of strong/effective visual communication coupled with a commitment to innovation and rethinking how content is presented to maximize effectiveness in market
  • Desire to tackle the day to day while embracing a startup atmosphere; willing to adapt quickly while wearing multiple hats
  • Thick skin and a top-notch sense of humor

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to ssmarketingmanager@slate.com.

Podcast Producer, Slate Studios

Slate Studios is looking for a versatile and highly organized podcast producer to work on branded podcasts in a fun and fast-paced studio environment. The podcast producer plays a key role in bringing audio expertise in the branded content campaigns that we pitch and produce. Candidates have a passion for storytelling, a deep understanding of digital media, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, podcasts, and listeners. The producer ensures that the branded podcasts we produce are to the highest standard of quality that Slate is known for.

The podcast producer will report to the managing producer of Slate Studios and will be an integral part of the branded studio team through the entire pre-sale to production process.

1. Ideation, Storytelling, and Narrative Development
The podcast producer will work collaboratively with creative leads and strategists to ideate and help identify and develop smart and compelling podcast ideas, storytelling, and narratives that engage our discerning listeners and offer unique value to our brand partners.

The PP will carry out research tasks and will have a track record of developing, scripting, and editing compelling, character-driven stories that draw on diverse perspectives/source lists. As the Slate Studios PP, you'll assist and craft the segments, stories, or discussions for a podcast with the strategist and story editor.

2. Production
The podcast producer is ready to listen to a lot of tape and turn it into great branded content. The PP will often facilitate recordings in the studio or in the field and be comfortable with live-producing and producing content that is docu-style, roundtables, or two-way interviews. At times the podcast producer will liaise with acting and writing talent and their agents, casting and identifying potential collaborators and freelance production staff to work on projects.

The podcast producer will have a versatile skill set gained from past experience working on fast-paced audio production. Be organized and efficient in approach to turn around audio segments or stories on a tight deadline. The podcast producer will be proficient in audio mixing with a portfolio that demonstrates an ear for great tape and inventive approaches to audio storytelling. The producer will be able to provide guidance and critical feedback on production tasks including recording, editing, mixing, scoring, and publishing audio. During postproduction, you'll take the first pass at structuring or mixing the podcast, help with research and storytelling, and perform more editing and final mixes.

Bonus: The podcast producer can create audio trailers and promotional material, and work with the sales and marketing team to help to think strategically in how to increase reach and subscribers.

2. Development
Work cross-functionally to acquire a deeper knowledge about client brands and client/internal processes. The podcast producer will endeavor to refine audio production skills, master efficiencies in production workflow and processes, and strive for a higher level of audio quality of work delivered to client. The podcast producer will engage in independently owning and ensuring alignment with studio expectations, with focus on improvement in creative output, quality, profitability, efficiency, and productivity.

Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. degree and 3–5 years' prior work experience in content development and production for podcast, terrestrial, or satellite radio, or other audio medium. Experience in a radio, digital agency, or publisher is preferred.
  • Must be well-connected to the larger community of independent producers and great at identifying talent
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships to gain trust and respect
  • Creative thinker, action-oriented, and full of energy for challenging concepts and new assignments
  • Ability to regularly exercise judgment and discretion, and prioritize competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Extremely strong writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with little to no guidance and think outside the box
  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and work as a team player
  • Build constructive relationships to foster collaboration and cross-functional thinking
  • Stay current on content programs being produced by competitive publishers and production companies
  • Financial/budget-management experience preferred
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Experience working in Pro Tools

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience in producing branded content is a plus
  • Thick skin and a top-notch sense of humor

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to ssproducer@slate.com.

Commerce Lead, Slate

Slate is hiring a commerce lead to sit on the business team and build a commerce brand and function from the ground up. This pioneer will start testing content and driving commerce revenue growth. After proving initial success, the commerce lead will steadily build a team to grow the revenue stream.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an affiliate-based commerce brand that appeals to the Slate audience
  • Manage relationship with readers, editorial, executive leadership, and affiliate partners
  • Define core performance metrics, and work with Slate's research team to create actionable dashboards and reports for understanding commerce content performance
  • Strategize with the Slate dev/tech team: think about product development and CMS tools and treatments that will promote the commerce initiatives
  • Ensure that content is consistent with Slate's voice and deepens the relationship with the Slate audience while maintaining separation of editorial and commerce content
  • Run production of the Slate gift guides from soup to nuts
  • Oversee the sharing and socializing of commerce content
  • Curate deals, consumer products and discounts for Slate's audience
  • Pitch video and podcast initiatives and identify other opportunities to leverage Slate's platforms and assets to meet commerce goals
  • Refine a consumer-centric view in your strategic thinking
  • Possess a deep understanding of current laws, requirements, and ethics around transparency and disclosure

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 3 years' experience and success in a digital commerce role
  • You consume and value Slate's written and/or podcast content
  • Naturally inclined to think in a way that is experimental, adaptive, and innovative
  • Skilled in writing and editing
  • Passionate about discovering and sharing consumer products
  • A desire to build and lead a team

To apply, submit a résumé, a cover letter, and three writing samples to commercejob@slate.com

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Editorial Internships
Science Intern, Slate

Slate's science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to scienceintern@slate.com.

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Nov. 1. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant. There is currently no summer internship on the science desk.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Video Intern, Slate

Slate brings on a video intern in winter, summer, and fall to support our video department. We are seeking experienced editors with visual wit and a deep knowledge of politics and culture. This position is full-time and based in our Brooklyn office. Pay is $13 an hour.

To apply for the summer 2018 internship, roughly May through August, send a résumé, an idea for a timely video Slate should produce, and a brief cover letter to slatevideointern@gmail.com by Feb. 15. Include a link or two to your best work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handle video requests, including quick-turn edits based on breaking news
  • Research, asset collection, transcription, and other production support tasks
  • Video management in Brightcove, SnapStream, YouTube, and other platforms
  • Assist on shoots in our studio and in the field
  • Occasional shooting, writing, and editing opportunities

Requirements:

  • Planning to pursue a career in digital video production, with relevant past experience
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus)
  • Experience shooting on DSLR cameras
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for all tasks, whether creative or clerical, and an unfailing positive attitude
  • Strong understanding of Slate's voice and what makes our work unique

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

D.C. Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate's Washington office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. There will be opportunity for writing blog posts and articles. This internship is paid D.C. minimum wage (currently $12.50/hour).

To apply, include a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word response to any Slate story from the past month (this should be a critique of the author's arguments, not comments on grammar or sentence structure), and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should focus on politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. 

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the summer (May/June through August) 2018 D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to dcslateinterns@slate.com with the subject line "Summer 2018 internship" by Jan. 7. Only finalists will be contacted.

New York Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate's New York office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, include a résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the spring New York editorial internship, starting in March, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by Jan. 26.